Bolden says she has COVID-19 after exposure in House

State Rep. Kyra Bolden (D-Southfield) speaking on the House floor at the Capitol in Lansing (pre-COVID outbreak) | House Democrat photo

State Rep. Kyra Bolden (D-Southfield) has tested positive for COVID-19, the lawmaker shared in a tweet Tuesday evening.

Bolden says she got tested after receiving notification on Nov. 12 that she had been exposed to the virus while working with colleagues. She has been in quarantine since, only leaving the house to be tested. 

Both Republican-led chambers have insisted that only lawmakers themselves should have the ability to decide whether or not to inform their colleagues and the public. This has led to widespread speculation that there are even more COVID-19 cases among state legislators that are going unreported.

“This virus is very real, and each of us must be responsible to do all that we can to ensure we are staying safe, and that means quarantining after exposure, and informing folks we may have come in contact with after receiving a positive test result,” Bolden said in her tweet thread.

Other recently known cases of COVID-19 among lawmakers include state Reps. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Twp.), Scott VanSingel (R-Grant) and Ann Bollin (R-Brighton).

Updated: LaSata has COVID-19, senators blast her for attending meetings while awaiting test results

State Reps. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain), Tyrone Carter (D-Detroit) and Karen Whitsett (D-Detroit) have also previously had the virus, as well as state Sen. Tom Barrett (R-Charlotte) and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint).

COVID-19 was believed to be a factor in the death of Rep. Isaac Robinson (D-Detroit) on March 29. State Rep. Kara Hope (D-Holt) said in the spring that she believed she had COVID-19, although her test was lost.

Bolden says her symptoms have been mild. The first test came back negative while she was still asymptomatic, then the second came back positive after she developed a stuffy nose.

Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, immigration and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).